Brian Cox says he feels sorry for Amber Heard, who “had the hard end of it” in Johnny Depp’s trial.

Brian Cox has said he “feels sorry” for Amber Heard in relation to her high-profile defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

The actor, who plays Logan Roy in Succession, spoke briefly about the former couple in a new interview.

When asked about Depp, whom Cox regrets once calling him “overrated,” the star said The times that “the public loves him”.

When asked by the interviewer that the jury at the trial also loved Depp, Cox replied, “Well, they did.”

He continued: “I feel sorry for the woman [Heard]. I think she got the hard end of it.”

Earlier this year, Depp won his high-profile defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard.

Depp sued Heard for $50million (£39.8million) over one Washington Post Opinion titled: “I’ve spoken out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”

The article doesn’t mention Depp by name, but his attorneys said it falsely implied that he physically and sexually abused Heard while they were together.

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Heard countered at $100m (£80.9m), accused Depp of organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and described his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

In June, a jury found Heard had defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m (£4m) in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2m (£1.6m) in damages but no punitive damages.

During the trial, Heard testified about the death threats she and her baby received from fans of the film Pirates of the Caribbean Star.


In her emotional testimony, Heard told the jury, “People want to kill me and they tell me every day. People want to kill my baby in the microwave and they tell me that.”

Cox was present at the Emmy awards ceremony on Monday night (September 12).

Hot-tipped Emmys favorite successor had a good night and ended the night winning Outstanding Drama Series as well as an author award for creator Jesse Armstrong and a supporting actor award for Matthew Macfadyen.

“Big week for discipleship,” Armstrong said onstage. “New king in Britain, that for us. Obviously a little more votes for us than Prince Charles. I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is, we’ll leave that to other people…”

Armstrong’s words were met with awkward noises from the audience, and Cox chimed in with the advice: “Keep it royalist! Keep it royalist!”

You can read all talk points of the award ceremony here. Brian Cox says he feels sorry for Amber Heard, who “had the hard end of it” in Johnny Depp’s trial.


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